Francis Carver: One fine day.... hopefully not too far into the distant future.... digital image capture technology will grow up and mature.
"One fine day.... hopefully not too far into the distant future.... digital image capture technology will grow up and mature."
As will DPR commentators... but I'm not holding my breath ;-)
EthanP99: "with the same performance level as a mirrorless camera"
like a pentax Q mirrorless?
A plain BMW engine would be too noisy. Now if you go for the Bentley version then I can imagine a whole different experience to mull over while waiting for the ambulance.
6BQ5: If I take a picture of my kids or a landmark monument or something ... and someone in background wants me to delete the picture because they don't want themselves on it then do I have to? Does this change if the person is an adult or a child? I'm always a little confused on how far a right to privacy goes.
Privacy laws vary enormously from country to country, so you need to be more specific about your location if the answer is to be meaningful.
Don't give up the day job ;-)
d2f: Here is my wishlist:Programmable navigation menu and at least 3 custom control buttons.No video.Back lighted controls.Daylight viewable OLED touch screen that can turn towards the front.4 stop camera body image stabilization that adapts to the lens mounted.Intelligent metering with face recognition and accurate white balancing. Interchangeable focusing screens to facilitate manual focusing.WiFi and wireless remote control using smartphone.600 exposure battery.Dual SD slots.Dual finder, electronic & optical, the best of both worlds.Weather sealed.Low vibration/noise shutter with long life.Hyperfocal focus position default when auto focus cannot acquire subject when shutter is released.Threaded PC connector and hot shoe.Loss less Raw and other raw storage options.New type of sensor technology that renders current sensor technology obsolete.Lightweight and small.Comfortable hand grip with shutter release located on it.Through the lens IR focus assist.Len micro adjust.
"electric hand warmer"
That's why it needs video. I knew there was a use for it :-)
Tom Caldwell: Too late, arriving at the ballroom door when the dslr industry is getting the sheet music out for the last waltz.
Scrapped the innovative, forward looking, and technically brilliant GXR model just at the point where it was looking increasingly interesting. Then gave the old dslr jalopy a new V8 engine.
Now who except those with a closet full of PK mount lenses might be interested?
No doubt it will be a great camera though - great enough to lead the dslr funeral cortege.
But maybe it that is a great big evf up there and the body is relatively compact it might just give the A7RII a real run for its money.
Good prose Tom, it echoes my thoughts perfectly but in a far more elegant way than I could have expressed them.
The last SLR I owned was a Pentax and I liked it a lot at the time, but times change.
LJ - Eljot: This is nice, but nothing realy impotant. Live view hdmi out would have been nice. For a future E-M1 II this would be a nice thing. A second SD-card slot would be nice as well.
Hm, let me think! ...
Oh, yes! Histogram an level gauge at the same time is something many users are missing. Auto expose to the right,..
"Histogram an level gauge at the same time is something many users are missing"
Yes, this is one of the few things I dislike about my E-M5. The bizarre thing is it occasionally happens by accident - a bug presumably - in circumstances I have never been able to reproduce, so I know it must be easy to achieve by design even in the older cameras.Same applies to the "blinkies" which sometimes stay active along with the level gauge.
I compensate by having different displays on EVF and LCD, but it would be nice to overlay any or all on both displays.
ozturert: The price is reaaaaally good, if it's optically good after f1.8.If everything about the lens is manual, why would it not work with some cameras? Strange.
I meant the other comments. I didn't intend to sound patronising either, it's just that the question had already been asked - and answered - more than once in earlier comments.
But I also answered to save you the agony of trawling through all the chaff to get at the information, it can be hard work at times.
BostonC: The length is wrong, should be 45.5mm.
Wow, that makes it really small, much like the Olympus 25/1.8.
I wish they had used a 46mm filter thread instead of 43mm though.
ecka84: So, with these f/0.95 lenses and small sensors, is there any difference when it's at 0.95 or at 1.4? Because the images look almost identical. Same blur, same EV...
"Wide angle" implies shorter focal length, and the reason we use f-numbers (focal length/aperture size) is to make light measurement independent of focal length.
So no, a wide f/2 (say) lens lets in no more light than a tele f/2 lens.
Read before commenting ;-)
But FYI it fouls the light baffles in the mount of the non-compatible cameras, as has been mentioned several times already.
Glen Barrington: You know that looks like a remarkably small lens for an f/0.95 max aperture, (though large-ish for an m43s prime). I'm old enough to remember that in the 1960's and 70s, an f/0.95 would have been big even for a "FF" 35 mm camera.
I wonder what technology is used to keep it reasonably small?
"though large-ish for an m43s prime"
Almost exactly the same maximum size as the Panasonic 25/1.4 (but significantly less bulky) and only 30g heavier. Remarkable.
The other thing that attracts me is the 11-bladed iris, a sure sign that a lot of effort has been put into the look of the defocused parts of the image when not used wide open.
Becksvart: I think it looks like a compact, fast and nice little lens, if it performs OK wide open. I have a Zuiko F (Pen) 40 1,4 incoming for my A6k, maybe that's kinda equi-..sorry; just meant to say that I can see the allure of manual bright and compact lenses. Wouldn't trust any af not to hit the eyelash instead of the iris anyway.
When I uses a Sony NEX my favourite lens was a 38/1.8 Pen-F lens, which is also improves dramatically from f/2.
It's not that odd a focal length; quality 57/58mm lenses were quite common for 35mm cameras, hence the 38mm PEN lenses.
That said maybe 40mm is stretching it a bit too far - I don't use my Sigma 30/2.8 much at all on m43 which was unexpected after liking 38mm so much on APS-C. Or maybe it was simply that the Zuiko was such a nice lens I adapted to its FoV just to be able to use it :-)
timo: Is it really going to be that much more useful than the recently announced Panasonic 25mm f/1.7? Even if the optical performance is equivalent at comparable apertures, which it may or may not be.
The Nokton is much bigger and heavier. That makes it a much worse bet for me even without the price difference.
Not everybody has the same needs and priorities; fortunately I now have another 25/0.95 that that is a better match to my preferences than the existing alternatives.
Indeed. The price (along with the size/weight that seems to have gone almost unnoticed in the comments) makes this lens very attractive for a variety of reasons. It won't fit my E-M5 unfortunately but it would look and feel very much at home on my GM5. Hmm...
Is the 25/1.7 more useful than a kit zoom at 25mm?
If the answer is "yes" then consider the reason carefully, because there's a similar light gathering increase between the Mitakon and a 25/1.7.
joechan32: I have another idea: just have a camera look alike that clicks but does nothing. Shutterbugs can click all day long and boast about how great a shot they would have taken. Already have a prototype (my 3-year old's camera). Saves us time, energy, resources & money. Small, light, cheap & pocket-able.
Not a new idea. Back in the bad old days it was pretty common to find clusters of men in overcoats clicking away at scantily clad models at photo shoot events. I never saw one stop to load a film into the camera ;-)
Tim Gander: I can see how governments might want to restrict photography in certain locations and there could be a way to force manufacturers to include this technology in camera firmware - of course this would be a dystopian nightmare of sorts, but I must confess; last time I was at the Eiffel Tower (just one example), I couldn't understand why so many people just wanted to photograph the same thing over and over again. Pretty much every angle, every inch of girder, every rivet of that thing must have been photographed a gazillion times in all lighting conditions and it's all online if you want to see it.
The one photo I took was of a discarded Eiffel Tower-branded coffee cup, visible through the translucent bag of a litter bin. It summed up how being there made me feel ;-)
"The one photo I took was of a discarded Eiffel Tower-branded coffee cup, visible through the translucent bag of a litter bin. It summed up how being there made me feel ;-)"
Yet this ridiculous camera would have prevented you from capturing that unique memory since it relies purely on the GPS location of the camera and not the image being captured.
A stunningly naive use of available technology.
Martin.au: I wonder why only those lenses. It can't be weight, as the 45mm for example weighs less than the 12mm, and the body cap lenses are very light.Perhaps it can only stabilise a field of view up to a certain focal length.
Ahh, there we go.To ensure that the 3-axis gimbal’s movements are unrestricted, the lenses are required to fit the gimbal in terms of weight and size. Not all existing lenses fit these requirements, which is why not all MFT lenses are compatible with the ZENMUSE X5 Series.
That means there's quite a few lenses that will work. The bodycaps for starters.
Indeed. They clearly designed this around the Panasonic 15/1.7 for initial release - even rebranding it as their own - plus lenses surrounding this FL that are more or less the same size and weight. In their statement it seems likely more lenses will follow, given more development time.
I would guess that the lens needs to be in a certain weight range, neither too heavy nor *too light* for the gimble to work correctly, otherwise I would have expected to see lenses like the small, lightweight Panasonic pancakes 14/2.5 and 20/1.7 on the compatibility list.